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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Modern ’til Midnight 2012

Modern ’til Midnight
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 6 p.m. till midnight

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is proud to announce the eighth Modern ’til Midnight on Saturday, April 14. An eclectic array of live music will be featured during the Modern’s extended, late-night hours. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy unique gallery activities, films, and exceptional cuisine from Café Modern.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 6 p.m. to midnight
Admission: $15, free for Modern members

Tickets will be sold at the door. Contact the Modern for advanced ticket sales.

Live Music from Local and National Artists

The following lineup of musicians will perform outside against the Modern’s reflecting pond:

School of Seven Bells-Guitarist Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza bring a distinct and mysterious combination of futuristic beats and harmonious melodies known as psychedelic or indie pop. In concert, Curtis can often be seen manipulating various electronic devices in between guitar segments following Deheza’s angelic voice.

Air Review-The Dallas rock quintet’s dynamic shows have allowed them the opportunity to share stages with the likes of Portugal the Man, Bowling for Soup, Blue October, The Boxer Rebellion,and One Eskimo.

Calhoun-“The phrase ‘pure pop perfection’ is likely an overused crutch in the lexicon of music criticism. Also, it’s likely typically used for fare that usually finds itself residing on the Top 40 end of the dial. With all of that out of the way, allow us to proclaim that Calhoun’s newest album, Heavy Sugar, is indeed pure pop-rock perfection.”
-Kelly Dearmore, Best of Texas

The Angelus-Led by the enigmatic vocal powerhouse Emil Rapstine, whose brooding tones and mesmerizing stage presence bring to mind any number of iconic front men from Morrissey to Nick Cave, and backed by four young men who quietly summon up epic sounds that build like storm systems and burst into bone rattling sonic downpours, The Angelus often leave even the hardest hearted hipsters teary eyed and shaken.

Skeleton Coast-The Fort Worth pop rock quartet Skeleton Coast brings listeners a 1960s rock sound with a healthy dose of modern electronics. Influences include the Beach Boys, Modest Mouse, Pink Floyd, and Roy Orbison.

Happenings in the Galleries

The special exhibitions Glenn Ligon: AMERICA and FOCUS:Katie Paterson will be on view along with select works from the Modern’s permanent collection. Throughout the evening there will be special tours in the galleries. Admission includes access to galleries.

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first comprehensive, midcareer retrospective of Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), widely regarded as one of the most important and influential American artists to have emerged in the past two decades. Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curator Scott Rothkopf, in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition surveys 25 years of Ligon’s work, from his student days until the present. The exhibition features roughly 100 works, including paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, and sculptural installations, as well as the artist’s recent, striking neon reliefs. The retrospective also debuts previously unexhibited early works, which shed light on Ligon’s artistic origins, and for the first time reconstitutes major series within his work, such as the seminal Door paintings that launched his career.

FOCUS: Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson is known for her multidisciplinary and conceptually driven work, with an emphasis on nature, ecology, geology, and cosmology. Many of her installations are the result of intensive research and collaboration with specialists as diverse as astronomers, nanotechnologists, and fireworks manufacturers. Recent works in her exhibition at the Modern include: All the Dead Stars (2009), a large map documenting the locations of the 27,000 dead stars known to humanity; and Light Bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2009), an incandescent bulb designed to transmit wavelength properties identical to those of moonlight.

Paterson received her BA in 2004 from Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and her MFA in 2007 from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has since participated in exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, England; the Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; and Haunch of Venison, London, England. Her work has also been featured in the Whitstable Biennial 2010, Whitstable, England; PERFORMA 09, New York, New York; and Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, England. She recently held the John Florent Stone fellowship at Edinburgh College of Art and was the Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence in the Astrophysics Group at the University College London for the 2010-2011 academic year. Paterson lives and works in London and Berlin.

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